Humble Ceramics is WHOLESALE ONLY and does not sell online. Please contact one of our amazing retailers (scroll down and look on the RIGHT side of this blog for a full list) if you are interested in purchasing our work. Thank you!
!!! CHEFS !!!!
We are getting backed-up with orders - we need minimum 3 to 4 months lead time to fullfill your order (depending on the size).
Our process takes time!
PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!!!



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Currently, we do not sell online.

At this time, Humble Ceramics is available to retailers, designers, hospitality and media only.

For new wholesale inquiries, please contact us at info@humbleceramics.com
or go to http://www.humbleceramicswholesale.com/

All new store inquiries will be put on a waiting list


Production time is anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks
(possibly more) depending on the size of the order
or if we have to make your items from scratch,
unless you pick from shapes we keep in stock
at the time of the inquiry (bisque only) ...
and all we need to do is glaze to your color preference.
This timing does not include shipping.

Thank you for your patience and understanding ...
and watch Humble Ceramics grow - one piece at a time.

Thank you for being part of this artist' s growing "L.A. story".

To see Delphine's petites sculptures, please go to
http://www.delphinelippens.com/



Delphine





May 20, 2018

Kitchen-speak ...


Cleaning out old paperwork and found this little gem of a memo we received when I worked the line at this iconic restaurant back in the day ... and after a few giggles, I just couldn't resist passing it along. If you want to sound like a ... someone who's worked in a kitchen for a long time, just reverse the phrases .... ha!

Apr 24, 2018

HC in VoyageLA




Check out this profile in VoyageLA. We were recommended by fellow LA artisans The Wooden Palate ... and here we are. For the questionnaire, and tons of pictures, please refer to their website http://voyagela.com/

Today we’d like to introduce you to Delphine.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
A 6-week summer class evolved into a hobby and eventually into a business… I never had any interest in pottery, but look how that turned out!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
 
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new. Not having gone to school for ceramics, having zero technical, financial or business experience, I’ve had to learn as I go, by making mistakes and as the challenges present themselves, one day at a time! Humble Ceramics came out of my own limitations, and that still applies to this day. We are actually an extremely small team, in a chaotic ever changing space, but we make it happen, imperfectly, on a daily basis. We’ve had to adapt to constant changes and the reality of running a business in California. Had I known how challenging and expensive this was going to be, I never would have started! But the way we have grown has been so organic that in a way, I’m glad I was in the dark about the reality and hardship of running a ceramics business. The support and interest from our customers is a real emotional and energetic safety-net as well without which I would have quit long ago. Clay is one of my greatest teachers and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world! I am grateful for this life every day!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Humble Ceramics – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
 
~ A r t i s a n   p o t t e r y   m a d e   w i t h   m i n d f u l n e s s   i n   S o u t h   L o s   A n g e l e s ~

We are an artisanal studio that makes tableware and objects for the home in small rotating batches. We are known for simple but well-defined shapes, merging minimal, rustic and modern all into one.
I am most proud of my elves… as I could not do this without them, and am grateful for their talent, dedication and the care they put into each piece. What I am learning about business is that it is about people first! I am also very proud of all the ways in which we are eco-friendly (and want to be better as well) and able to give back to the community in our own humble ways.
What sets us apart is the well recognized aesthetic and intention behind the work. Energy workers and healers are most sensitive to it… and that is important to me.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Reorganize, streamline, maximize the space, become more efficient, find better systems, etc. Every day, we work towards those goals. We have to have a solid process and the ability to follow through as we grow. It feels like we magically make it happen, but we have a lot of evolving to do, with very limited resources! The rest will unfold organically. One day at a time.



Thank you Sid and the VoyageLA staff!

Mar 31, 2018

AMBER INTERIORS opening April 6 in Pacific Palisades



Amber Interiors is growing with a second location opening on April 6, 2018 in Pacific Palisades! Congratulations on the expanding success!

(You can find our Greystone work at the Pacific Palisades location, Greystone and Sandstone at the original Calabassas location.)

Calabasas
23528 Calabasas Road
Calabasas CA 91302

Opening April 6th 2018
Pacific Palisades
859 N Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades CA 90272


Mar 30, 2018

YARDBIRD Southern Table & Bar opens April 6, 2018






Welcome to the new kid in town, YARDBIRD Southern table & bar is opening April 6, 2018 at the newly re-imagined Beverly Center ... and we are proud to have made "a few" pieces for them ...

"Founder and award-winning restaurateur John Kunkel and the Chef Patrick Rebholz joined us live with a taste of Yardbird.  Yardbird is literally known for the Best Fried Chicken & Waffles, Deviled Eggs and biscuits!! And now they have landed in LA!! Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is set to open April 6th in the newly reimagined Beverly Center. Known as a house of worship to farm fresh ingredients, classic southern cooking, culture and hospitality, Yardbird Los Angeles will be a welcomed extension of the current locations in Miami, Las Vegas and Singapore. The best in class, casual restaurant concept known for offering a unique and authentic dining experience is built around the culture and traditions that are emblematic of the South. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Los Angeles will be open seven days a week, serving lunch weekdays and dinner until 11:00 PM nightly. They will also be serving their foot stompin’, soul healin’ brunch on the weekends. For more information, please visit their website,  Twitter @YBSouthern Instagram @YBSouthern and Facebook#SouthernWays." 

- via KTLA5's appreance on March 30, 2018

You can see a little preview here (if the video above does not play):
http://ktla.com/2018/03/30/yardbird-southern-table-and-bar-opening-april-6-at-beverly-center/

Find out more about Yarbird here https://www.runchickenrun.com/location/los-angeles/

A visit by The Avantgartist's Nicole Fani



 

 

"Have you ever made a purchase and felt an instant connection with the artist/designer behind the piece? This was my instant reaction when I first laid my eyes on the stunning ceramic works of Delphine Lippens, creator and artist behind Humble Ceramics. Her work spoke to me with such a talent for creating grounded and elegant pieces that could withstand the test of time, I knew this was for me. I purchased my first couple of dinner plates and from there I was hooked! Growing up with a father who founded a company that manufactures cookware, dinnerware, and houseware my love for all things ceramics is genetic and runs deep through my blood. When I had the pleasure of meeting with Delphine and speaking to her about the beginnings of her company, and the moments that lead to where she is now, I was utterly inspired! She is one of the most insightful and true individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It was a beautiful conversation where I found myself connecting on an even deeper level about life and how the universe always works on a scale, a balancing act. I truly believe that if you are lucky enough to have one or more of her stunning works in your home collection that you are graced with beauty and a piece you can pass down for generations to come! Delphine was so kind giving us a look inside of her studio space. I hope you enjoy this peek into where she creates such beauty with spirituality and love. " - Excerpt by Nicole Fani

A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of hosting the lovely Nicole Fani of the fun and colorful blog The Avantgartist. It was a magical day spent playing with flowers and ceramics ... and at the end of the afternoon, we sat down to talk and got to know a little more about one another.  Today, you can see that conversation and the rest of the profile (and pictures) on her blog as she profiled her experience at the studio.


Here is the questionnaire, but check out her site for a bigger font and the beautiful & fun pictures!


1. What was the inspiration behind creating your company? What motivated you? 
I didn’t “create” a company … it created itself from the response to my work and trying to adapt to the demand.  Making more pieces, needing more space, needing the help of a few elves because I just can’t do it all … so the growth has been and still is completely organic.  As an artist, it is an incredible feeling to have strangers respond to your work in such a positive way.  To have your work appreciated enough that someone would spend money on it is a huge privilege and definitely feeds that creativity.

2. When did you found Humble Ceramics? How did you come up with the company name?
Aug. 25, 2010 was the first day of a 6-week summer class I took with a friend.  Then, I was looking to name a blog I created to show my dad overseas my latest adventure.  I was looking for how clay made me feel, for a name that would be simple but resonated with me.  So after playing around with a few combinations, “Humble Ceramics” just felt right! 

3. What was the first piece you made? What was the inspiration behind it? How long did it take from conception to finished product, and what were the steps?
When I first learned to throw, you had to make a cylinder … then you opened it into a bowl or closed it into a vase … everyone was making bowls but somehow, my fingers wanted to go the other direction and most of my pieces became vases! The process can take weeks between the trimming, drying, sanding, bisquing, glazing, firing, etc … I sold or gave most of my work away, there is a fine line between collecting and hoarding, they became clutter to me and when I found people who resonated and fell in love with the pieces, I just let them go.  I think they are still on the blog … they were my very very first posts … the blog was/is a fun way to document the evolution of my work and how my style evolved.  And to be honest, this class was only 6 weeks and I had zero intention to do anymore.  What’s that expression? “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan” ?

4. What is your design process? Does it change with every piece, or does it stay on the same path?
It is fairly simple in my head, but there is a big difference between imagining something, the physical reality and technical aspects of it, so I just stuck to what I could do.  My work evolved out of my own limitations (and impatience) as a potter.  Creating shapes that spoke to me within the limited techniques I had learned, but I could tell every piece was a potential prototype.  I was just not good at recreating them again and again consistently.

5. How do your friends and family inspire you and your creative process? 
My friends and family are extremely supportive and I am grateful for that everyday!  Everyone is an artist of some kind and many are way more talented than I’ll ever be!

6. What are the most purchased of all your pieces? 
It varies from season to season … every industry is drawn to different pieces so it about evens out.  But the Stillness Collection has certainly become a Humble Ceramics classic.  

Are they the simplest or hardest to produce?
Every piece has its own set of challenges … but the canisters are the most challenging because we have to fit a cork, and between the shrinkage, trimming, sanding and glazing all create such variations that the corks don’t always fit.


7. How do you choose your materials? 
I like simple materials to harmonize with the environment … hence the simplicity.  Stoneware, concrete, stone, cork, wood, leather, metal, glass, linen are all beautiful in their simplest forms … it’s not just about the clay, it’s how it interacts w/ the shape, color, size, other materials, and everything else around it.  

8. What is your favorite piece to make?
I love doing the Dakini’s (though that is my own personal work and not under the Humble Ceramics Brand). I call it a Godlaboration because when I drop the piece from a certain height, I accept the shape that is given as a gift from above – hence – a “God-laboration” …

9. What is the meaning behind your work? What is the symbolic message you aspire to convey through your ceramic art pieces? 
That simplicity is actually extremely complex. That it’s not just about the aesthetic but about the “experiencing” of the object as well. The work is meant as a meditation – every time you look at it, you touch it, you use it … it is supposed to ground you, calm you, bring you into the present, bring you a little peace and make you happy!

10. What is your favorite use for your oversized bowls? 
Where to start? One bowl for fruits. One bowl for onions, garlic, shallots, avocados, tomatoes … Once bowl for family style dinners, especially great for larger dinner parties.  One bowl for bath essentials (put a few stones at the bottom and keep your loofa, sponge, scrubbies, brushes and whatever you like to have by your bath tub).  Some people use them for rolled hand towels.  In the living room you can put games or beautiful objects in them.  In a closet, keep your socks, or whatever you want in there … In an entrance, you can use them as a throw –it-all. Or just use it as a beautiful object.  The location of the bowl will let you know what the ideal use for it is!  It’s not just for the kitchen!  Put one outside with your favorite rocks, use one as a planter, … think outside the box!

11. How do you set a price on your items?
Based on the challenges of making that particular piece and the loss behind it.

12. How do you feel when you sell one of your pieces?
Surprised, grateful, excited to know it will be loved!

13. Where did you grow up? How did you come to live in L.A.? 
I grew up partially in Europe, then moved to Los Angeles for a few years to experience a new culture, learn English … and never left!  I tried living in other countries, but Los Angeles has always felt like home!

14. How are you planning on growing and expanding your business? Any new pieces in the works?
Yes – always more pieces in the back of my head! Though right now, we are focusing on streamlining and refining our processes.

15. Do you feel a social presence is necessary on multiple platforms to be successful in business today? What are your platforms/handles currently?
Currently I only use Instagram, my blog (which needs updating) … and my website (work in progress) …
I think having a social presence is one huge part but not all, word of mouth is another, brand loyalty is another, but you have some incredible artists and designers that don’t use social media, and they are highly successful.  I think it’s a destiny/path more than a formula.  Social media certainly helps stay in touch and communicate with your tribe.  It depends on what your intentions are … 

16. What is your mission statement?
“The intention behind the work is to embrace imperfections, ground, center and be present. It is also about raising the frequency of one's self and environment, thus creating a matrix of healing for the planet. Healing through beauty ...”
I guess it’s also about forgiveness, mindfulness and a metaphor for who we are as ghosts in a shell … finding beauty in simplicity, flaws and imperfections.  Doing with what we have.  Finding beauty in the unexpected …

17. Do you have other artistic ventures you are currently working on, or have worked on in the past?
Yes, yes and yes … too many to mention here.  But right now, the focus is on Humble Ceramics, and I’m trying to be happy with that otherwise I can get fragmented because I want to do it all!  There is a big distance between an idea and the physical realization of it.

18. Do you love what you do? Does the work serve your soul? 
I love what I do!  And I do what I love.  It does not mean however that it’s easy, or that I am not stressed, afraid, or constantly questioning everything … but yes, any time I can express myself by doing something beautiful – it serves my soul.

19. What would you say is avant-garde about Humble Ceramics?
That’s interesting; I don’t see us as avant-garde, so that’s a huge compliment!  We’re just more simple, more modern, more minimal, yet warm and rustic at the same time if that makes any sense. We position ourselves in between styles, not just one.  We are not “this OR that”, we are “this AND that” … we are non-linear … our work can be placed anywhere on the space-time continuum, and somehow it would be appropriate and fit in the context.


Thank you Nicole! It was a pleasure meeting and getting to know you!

Photography by Grace Yoon   http://www.greyandelle.com/

See all the awesome pictures at http://www.theavantgartist.com/

http://www.theavantgartist.com/the-nittygritty/2018/1/29/the-nitty-gritty-on-humble-ceramics










Mar 25, 2018

General Store is growing!


General Store is spreading its wings! As if orchestrated, both California locations have expanded their footprint and have opened within days of each other! San Francisco has a second location, and the Venice location just doubled in size by taking over the space next door which means twice the goodies to choose from! Venice will have more vintage clothes and the second northern California location will focus on the Home/Lifestyle aspect ...
Come by and check them out!

  • Los Angeles
  • 1801 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
  • San Francisco - ORIGINAL
  • 4035 Judah St. San Francisco, CA 94122
  • San Francisco - NEW
  • 3928 Irving Street. San Francisco, CA 94122
https://shop-generalstore.com/

Mar 21, 2018

Hello Seattle! We are now at STOCK and PANTRY!


313 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Monday - by Appointment
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm
Sunday Noon - 5pm
HOME • LIFE • STYLE

We are so so proud to be in the exquisite new Seattle store STOCK & PANTRY.  Can you spot us in the window? Thanks Sasha! Love love loooove your aesthetic!

Mar 12, 2018

Coffee, Cycling and Conversation at CAPTAIN + STOCKER




If you love cycling, coffee and connecting with other like-minded people ... Captain + Stocker is the place for you. We are delighted to have our tumblers used in this new Monterey hotspot. Petersen & Wendy Conway fell in love with this concept while travelling abroad and wanted to bring the experience back home.

Named for the positions on a tandem bicycle, owners Wendy and Peterson Conway's vision is to promote connection and conviviality in our tech-fragmented world, and to provide really great coffee served by nice, humble baristas! To that end they're recreating their warm Carmel Valley farmhouse kitchen at 398 Franklin St. and roasting some very special Australian-influenced coffee to be enjoyed at communal tables. They also serve baked goods made with seasonal ingredients fresh from their own farm and wheat from Peter's grandfather. - Via Edible's Instragram
You can read an awesome article on the Conways in Edible Magazine

398 E Franklin Street
Monterey, California 93940
Monday – Sat | 6:30 – 2 pm
https://www.captainandstoker.com/


Mar 9, 2018

Somni at SLS Beverly Hills


SOMNI is a unique dining concept from @chefjoseandres and @thinkfoodgroup Culinary Director @aithor_zabala | #somnirestaurant somni.tocktix.com

Lodged in the back of SLS Beverly Hills, Somni, a new high-end 10-seat restaurant, is now where SAAM used to be.   The dining experience will make you feel like you are seeing inside Chef Aithor Zabala's creative mind and that you are eating a piece of his art! On the first of the month, you can buy tickets for the following month ..  reservations on Tock. There are two seatings nightly, one at 6 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m., with three wine pairings ranging from $175 and up to $500 per person. The juice pairing costs $75 a person. We are proud to have a few of our pieces used for this unique concept. Congratulations Aithor and the whole team!

SOMNI @ SLS Hotel - Beverly Hills
465 S. La Cienega Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90048 

Feb 28, 2018

Amanda Gilbert Meditation




Back in January, we had the pleasure of meeting Amanda Gilbert,  a Mindfulness and Meditation teacher who also teaches companies and corporations. As like-minded souls, we resonated and we were honored to have our ceramics included in her branding shoot - mindfulness can come in many forms and so it made sense ... above are some of the lovely pictures. You can learn more about AGM on her site* https://www.amandagilbertmeditation.com/

*"Meet Amanda Gilbert! Amanda is a modern day teacher, guide and facilitator in meditation and mindfulness. She has been a meditator for 14 years, and teaches publicly, privately and for corporations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her passion for sharing meditation comes from her own life experience where meditation not only healed her from a traumatic life event, but catapulted her into living a life filled with meaning, purpose, optimal health, joy and awakening."




Feb 13, 2018

HC mentioned in LA Magazine online ...




So this was unexpected: my friend sent me a link to the above ... thanks for including us LA Magazine! It's always fun to see where we fit-in in the immense pool of talented clay artists ... !

Feb 1, 2018

Chef Jay Booker


Yum! In collaboration w/ Feastly*,  photographer Aaron Lyles of Pixellab has been shooting a series of Chef portraits, and this one is around Chef Jay Booker. Sometimes, they use our ceramics and this time was a great fit.  I don't know much about Jay, excerpt that his food looks like what I'd like to eat at every meal ... check out the full series of photographs at https://pixellab.pixieset.com/chefjaybrooker/

* "... Feastly is a growing community of eaters and chefs who want more from dining. Feasters seek authentic food, served around big tables with good people. They are adventurous, but remember their humble food beginnings. A Feaster may be just as excited about an inviting bowl of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich as she is for a goat roast. And, our chefs are a talented, hospitable group of food lovers with incredible abilities to turn their homes into warm, inviting spaces filled with the wonderful flavors and aromas of their favorite dishes ..."  - (excerpt from their website)


Photo: Aaron Lyles/ PIXELLAB Photography & Design.

instagram: @pixellabrats
facebook: @pixellab.us

Shot at Feastly:
instagram: @eatfeastly

Tribali Foods Packaging






One late evening, I was looking for something in the frozen section of my local supermarket. My eyes kept sweeping the rows of prepared foods until they landed on a packaging that caught my attention. I thought Wait a minute, that bowl looks familiar! No! Is it ours? Turns out it was our Stillness Bowl on 2 out of 3 of their packaging ... the brand? Tribali Foods. What pleased me even more is that this is a product that is Organic, Non-GMO, that the animals were grass-fed, raised without hormones or antibiotics ... so if you eat meat, those are really important points ... so I'm always a huge supporter of good sense! And yes, I bought some and cooked them that night ... how could I resist.

Thanks for using us!

https://tribalifoods.com/


Jan 28, 2018

Power Plates Cookbook





We are honored to have our work included in Gena Hamshaw's latest cookbook POWER PLATES: 100 Nutritionally balanced, one dish vegan meals (January 28, 2018). You might know Gena from her delicious blog & Instagram The Full Helping.

You can spot our work on pages -6, 20, 36, 48, 56, 60, 64, 69, 72, 87, 91, 96, 100, 102, 121, 141, 161,162,167,168,183, 191, 204, 207, 214, 220 & 248 !!!

Jan 20, 2018

Humble Hummus



We had the pleasure of meeting blogger Sharon Brenner of Record in the Den when she came to the studio to shoot  a hummus recipe that was probably one of the best I've ever had ... I think the interview was never in the cards but after talking for a little bit, I think we were both inspired (while eating her delicious hummus) ... and here is what she wrote below!


" The first time I met Delphine I wasn't actually meeting Delphine. I came across Humble Ceramics when I was browsing to make a big adult purchase of ceramics, and was immediately struck by her sandstone plates; the warm colors, the earthy exposed texture of the clay, the simplicity of the lines and shapes, the wide open spaces...they felt perfectly minimalist yet still full of character.

When I visited Delphine at her studio, I was silently shocked by how perfectly I had been drawn to her work without even knowing it.  Between entering the studio door under a fig tree to the desert tones that she described had inspired the pieces I purchased, I knew our meeting was more than coincidence. In that conversation I understood that Delphine's connection to her work is universes beyond a passion for pottery and growing a business. Humble's pieces are indeed a direct reflection of something intensely genuine and admirable. As she described her feelings behind concepts of duality that go into designing each piece, and how she felt humbled when she started working with clay, it was obvious to me that the joy I was getting from my plates and mugs at home was something that had been directly transmitted from Delphine's hands through each piece her studio produces.

When I got home from that meeting I re-read the 'About Us' page on Humble's website.  It conveyed a mission of polarity, being grounded, appreciation of imperfections, and strength conveyed through simplicity, all of which is clear from the expertise, thoughtfulness and intention in each piece. I looked in my cupboard at the beautiful bowls and plates, the mug with the strong heavy bottom, the gorgeous colors of the sandstone and glaze. All these ideas are indeed conveyed to me through Delphine's work, and in the end, it was me who was humbled by the ceramics and her spirit.

Among other things, Delphine and I got to talking about hummus. I grew up eating homemade hummus before it was a grocery store staple. Knowing the passion that follows this unassuming dish in other parts of the world, I thought it was very fitting that hummus would represent Humble Ceramics. It might seem like an easy dish to some, but truly good hummus that you want to eat straight with a spoon is a true art form. How to cook the beans, the type and amount of tahini to use, mastering the ratio of seasoning and flavors; just like ceramics, it's a matter of technique, practice, and passion. After all, beans are some of the oldest cultivated foodstuffs, and in that context chickpeas and clay probably have more in common than we often take time to think about. "

You can see her delicious recipe and all the pictures she took of the studio here

The official site is still under construction ... so we'll update it when it's ready. In the meantime, you can follow Sharon at https://www.instagram.com/recordsintheden/



Enjoy!

Here is a peak at the mood she captured ...
  



Thanks Sharon!!!

Jan 15, 2018

Nosh with Tash





From beans to greens, Chef Natasha Feldman absolutely loves food.

She's always looking for fresh flavors, better techniques, and new ways to share what she learns with others. Call it passion—but it's more of a lifelong hunt for #majornosh

It's always fun to see Humble Ceramic pieces used in the wild .... Nosh with Tash is a fun new show for people who want to learn cooking in a very mellow way, without the pressure of perfection. We were honored to loan some Wabi-Sabi pieces for the shoot - can you spot our work in the video?

You can discover her site at https://www.noshwithtash.com/
You can discover her Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/noshwithtash/